The saying above comes to my mind when I wear our Julia Necklace, which is hand-crafted by a Guatemalan artisan group Trades of Hope is partnered with. I want to share a little bit about their uplifting story with you in this post.
Their story began when a Compassionate Entrepreneur was on a mission trip in Guatemala. While she was on the mission trip, she met a woman named Clare from Chicago who had recently been on a trip in Guatemala and visited a girl’s safe home. The Compassionate Entrepreneur asked Clare what the plan was for the girls that were about to become adults and too old for the safe home. There was no plan.
This is where Trades of Hope came into the picture to partner with these girls and give them an opportunity for a better life! Please click here to watch a video about the impact we are making.
Trades of Hope became this groups’ first wholesale partner, and they were so excited to learn their necklaces would be worn by women in the United States! Because of this partnership and the dedication of Compassionate Entrepreneurs in the United States, the number of artisans involved in the sewing and jewelry programs has been growing.
One particular necklace that this talented group makes is the Julia necklace (pictured above). It has a turquoise charm, fresh water pearl and the sterling silver fingerprint of one of the artisans who makes them.
This story has touched my heart in so many ways, and is one of the reasons I am a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope. Their fingerprint jewelry pieces are a constant reminder of how I am helping improve their lives and leaving a positive impact on the hearts of others.